Social Media Users Are Touched By Photo Of Little Girl Admiring a Beauty Ad Depicting Woman in a Wheelchair

A photo is going viral this week showing a little girl in a wheelchair admiring a beauty advertisement that features a woman in a wheelchair.

Maren Anderson is a 4 year-old girl who has only recently gotten used to using her wheelchair because she lives with a rare disease caused by a genetic mutation. Maren had been practicing her navigation skills for twelve weeks until she was finally comfortable enough to use the chair in public earlier this month.

The little girl was out with her mother Carolyn Anderson in Leesburg, Virginia when they passed an Ulta advertisement that depicted a smiling woman in a wheelchair, and Maren could not believe her eyes.

“On this particular evening, Maren was cruising on the sidewalk in her wheelchair with a confidence we had not seen before,” Carolyn said. “She was so eager, we could barely get her to stop at crosswalks. Then, she suddenly stopped and focused all her attention on this image of a woman in a wheelchair like hers. It was amazing.”

Carolyn snapped a photo and posted it to social media to express her gratitude towards Ulta for representing differently-abled women.

“Well Ulta, you absolutely stopped my girl in her tracks this evening,” wrote Carolyn. “It was mesmerizing to watch her stop, turn and gaze at this poster. So thank you.”

The photo has quickly gone viral, and Carolyn is hoping it will help show advertising companies that representation matters.

“She got to see herself in this picture, and that planted a seed for her to see that there is a place for kids like her in this world,” Anderson told GMA. “She was included.”

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